Old Town Bar Wins Best “Old” Bar Golden Local

New Yorkers voted the Old Town Bar as the best "old" bar in town over McSorley's Old Ale House.

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Old Town Bar beat McSorley's Old Ale House for the city's best "old" bar with 53% of the locals' vote. Our human trophy Michael stopped by to officially give the bar his seal of approval.
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Old Town Bar co-owner Gerard Meagher celebrates his win with a glass of champagne. The bar is located at 45 East 18th Street between Broadway and Park Ave.
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Patrons stop for a pint at the Old Town Bar for its casual atmosphere and old time feel.
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Brothers Gerard and Matt Meagher took over the Old Town Bar after the death of their father. The bar has been in the family since the 1970s, although the bar itself was founded in 1892.
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Gerard and Matt were so excited that they won the prestigious Golden Local debate, they printed out the results and taped them outside the door of the bar.
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The Old Town Bar has been around since 1892 and has had it's fair share of the lime light. The walls are covered with autographs, and the location was featured in "Sex and the City" and Madonna strutted across the bar in her "Bad Girl" video.
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Our human trophy, Michael the Golden Local, presents a certificate to Gerard and Matt Meagher for beating out the competition.
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Co-owner Gerard Meagher sits down with Mike the Golden Local for a beer.
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Gerard teaches Mike the proper pour for a truly delicious Guinness.
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Mike did pretty well, but it's probably best to get your Guinness poured by a professional. Gerard stepped in to top off the perfect pint.
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Old Town Bar's cozy booths allow for intimate conversation next to the busy bar.
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Gerard celebrated the Old Town Bar's Golden Local win with a framed enlargement of the final landing page of the Golden Local debate with the winning tally.
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The bar still uses these old-fashioned registers.
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The Old Town Bar has a cozy atmosphere - it's tall ceilings and 55-foot mahogany bar add to the feeling that there's room for everyone.
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The champagne flowed at the Old Town Bar in celebration of its Golden Local win.
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Behind the bar at the Old Town Bar.
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John Burke Chambers has been tending bar at the Old Town Bar for ten years. "I've been drinking here since '82 and working here since '99," he said.
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Mike was very excited about his presentation - he loves when local spots get the recognition they deserve.
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Our trophy Mike proudly represented you, New York City locals, as he proclaimed Old Town Bar's greatness to all passerby on 18th street.
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